The Tennessee Titans met with free agent cornerback Cortland Finnegan's agent, Terry Watson, on Friday in Indianapolis to talk contract. Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reported that the two side made no progress toward a new contract, putting Finnegan one step closer to free agency.
Finnegan is expected to be on the St. Louis Rams' radar, where he would be reunited with head coach Jeff Fisher. Watson did make some additional comments on Friday about the expectations for his client's next contract, and Tennessee beat writers offered their own assessment of Finnegan's future with the team.
Watson said that he expects Finnegan to receive a deal that would make him one of the top-paid corners in the game. Finnegan made less than $4 million last season, about $6 million less than what the top corners make.
The franchise tag would certainly put Finnegan's salary on that level, but Wyatt also said that the team is unlikely to use that mechanism to retain their cornerback.
Detroit was considered another potential suitor for Finnegan; head coach Jim Schwartz coached Finnegan while he was the defensive coordinator under Fisher in Tennessee. However, a report in the Detroit Free Press considered the Lions, who are tight on cap space, an unlikely destination for Finnegan.